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Human Biology MBiol (Integrated Masters), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Worcester, United Kingdom
We are living through an age of unprecedented scientific discovery, with the mapping of the human genome and the potential of stem cell research revolutionising our understanding of how our bodies work. At Worcester, we have adopted a practical approach to learning, with brand new laboratories equipped with the latest technologies, so you can get hands on with the topics that interest you the most.
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During the fourth (masters) year you will undertake a very research oriented programme which will take full advantage of the academic and commercial research expertise in Human Biology within the department.

Key features
  • Study for a four year Integrated Masters degree in Human Biology in a friendly and supportive environment with a strong emphasis on practical work.
  • Excellent industry links with organisations including Astra Zeneca, Isogenica and the NHS.
  • Staff are active in biomedical research, leading to informed and up-to-date teaching.
  • Gain extensive practical experience by working with our experts in new and refurbished laboratories using a range of specialist equipment.
  • Obtain a valuable postgraduate qualification and enhance your chances when applying for scientific jobs or a PhD degree.
  • The option to exit after three years and be awarded a BSc (hons) in Human Biology
You will learn how to:
  • Become an independent, life-long learner.
  • Understand and apply knowledge and concepts in Human Biology to enable continuing understanding of new techniques and discoveries in the subject area
  • Develop, design and carry out an independent piece of research and a research thesis/project in Human Biology that may be linked to a research group organisation.
  • Critically analyse new theories and conceptual issues in Human Biology.
  • Become a responsible Human Biologist, by understanding ethical and social issues in biomedical sciences, which include data integrity and honesty in science, and the ethics on the use of animals as biomedical models.           
  • Undertake a very research oriented programme which will take full advantage of the academic and commercial research expertise within the department.
Where could it take you?

In your first year you will develop a comprehensive understanding of the structure and functions of living organisms appropriate to the course. In Years 2 and 3 the modules become more specialised. Subjects central to Human Biology such as Cell Biology are delivered in double modules to allow for suitable development of the subject and for the delivery of important subject specific and generic skills.

In your final year you will undertake an Independent Study or Biosciences Research Project, which is a double module and must demonstrate original data. The Independent Study will have been designed in the Project and Career Development module in Year 2. Past topics have included amplification of ancient human DNA, relationship between the ACTN3 gene, 577 SNP allele variations and speed/strength performance phenotypes, the effect of televised sport on blood pressure and heart rate, and the antimicrobial effects of curry spices.

It is becoming increasing difficult for graduates to obtain PhD positions with only a BSc (Hons) degree. Graduates with an Integrated Masters degree would have significant additional research expertise that would enable them to progress straight to an MPhil/PhD position. There is an increasing need for graduates in the UK economy as skilled researchers for UK PLC. Such graduates have much to offer within the general area of applied biological research but also, critically, to drive forward the innovation that is vital for the UK economy.

The Biological Sciences courses have a strong applied component. We have retained a great deal of practical and field work, both of which have been greatly reduced in many universities; these give our students an advantage when seeking employment or continuing their studies through a higher degree. This has suited students well for careers in the laboratory or the field. Some are engaged in research or education and some undertake medical qualifications or complete higher degrees.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 96 months
  • Credits
    480 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Year 1


  • Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Human Biology and Disease


  • Introduction to Nutrition in Humans
  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Introduction to Forensic Biology
  • Animal Diversity
  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry
  • Human Origins

Year 2


  • Human Genetics
  • Human Systems Physiology
  • Project and Career Development


  • Microbiology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Applied Human Metabolism
  • Medical Forensic Science
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Infectious Agents And Allergens
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Comparative Animal Digestion and Nutrition
  • Work Experience

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Mammalian Reproduction
  • Advanced Systems Physiology


  • Pharmacology
  • Parasitology
  • Animal Movement
  • Forensic DNA Analysis
  • Biological Indicators for Crime Reporting
  • The Biochemistry of Cancer
  • Research Methods and Research Project

Year 4


  • Research Methods
  • Applied and Commercial Research
  • Integrated Masters Thesis/Project in Biology

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • 96 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A level Biology and A level in another science, maths or statistics.
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A level Biology
  • Other qualifications will be taken into account when considering your application, typical BTEC entry would be DMM.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11700 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

Living costs for Worcester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Students at Worcester are fully eligible for the UK Government's student loan support package if they fulfil the appropriate criteria.

Our growing scholarship programme offers eligible students the opportunity to earn scholarships and prizes for every year of their studies.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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